Scholar to join political science dept.

first_imgAssociate Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University Patrick Deneen will trade the White House for the Golden Dome as he joins the faculty at the University of Notre Dame at the beginning of next semester. Deneen said he was drawn to Notre Dame because of its dedication to building a great Catholic research university. He said despite the similar religious affiliations between Georgetown and Notre Dame, he recognizes a more rigorous commitment in the latter. “I think at Notre Dame there is a stronger sense of a community of scholars and students engaged in a common project [than there is at Georgetown] because of a greater awareness and presence of [Notre Dame’s] Catholic mission,” he said. Michael Desch, chair of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, said Deneen will join the University’s faculty as an associate professor in the fall of 2012. He will begin teaching courses about American political thought in the department’s recently announced new Constitutional Studies subfield the following spring. At Georgetown, Deneen taught courses in ancient thought, American thought and religion and politics. Though he does not know which specific classes he will teach at Notre Dame, Deneen said he hopes to offer an introductory political philosophy course. “Some of my teaching will be aimed at building [the Constitutional Studies] program,” Deneen said. “In nearly all my courses, I try to show my students that political philosophy, which can sometimes seem a little abstract and distant, has shaped and transformed the world in which we live.” Deneen is the founder and director of the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy. The six-year-old Georgetown program promotes the study of Western philosophical and theological sources’ influence on the American constitutional experiment. Deneen said he had not yet discussed bringing something like the Tocqueville Forum to Notre Dame. “Notre Dame has many fine centers, programs and institutes,” Deneen said. “Once I arrive and get my feet on the ground, some of those might well welcome my participation and contributions based on my experience with founding and running the Tocqueville Forum.” In a note he sent to several Georgetown students and later published on, a website dedicated to being a public forum, Deneen cited his sense of place at Georgetown and family concerns as his reasons for resigning. “In the seven years since I joined the faculty at Georgetown, I have found myself often at odds with the trajectory and many decisions of the university,” he wrote. Deneen expressed concern that Georgetown “remakes itself in the image of its secular peers” and said he wants to contribute to a more rigorous institutional mission. “I don’t doubt that there will shortcomings at Our Lady’s University,” he wrote. “But, there are at least some comrades-in-arms to share in the effort.” Deneen said he and his family also look forward to having a more integrated life between their home, community and university. “I would like to see those spheres coming closer together,” he said. Desch said he believes Deneen will be a strong addition to the University’s faculty. “He’s a very distinguished scholar of political theory and constitutional studies,” Desch said. “He seemed like a perfect individual to help us achieve both scholarly excellence and to further the University’s Catholic mission.” Deneen said he hopes to make a mark on Notre Dame by the close of his career. “I sincerely hope that … I will be able to look back with satisfaction and gratitude at having made a difference in the lives of several generations of Notre Dame students,” he said.last_img read more

Students, alumnus with ties to Boston reflect on bombing

first_imgSenior Betsy McGovern escaped danger Monday afternoon by approximately 15 minutes. McGovern completed the Boston Marathon shortly before two bombs exploded near the finish line on Boylston St. at 2:45 p.m. The explosions killed three people and injured more than 140, according to the Associated Press. “I was probably a block away, and I picked up my bag and I heard it,” McGovern said. “I heard the first one and it didn’t really register. … I think I was just so tired that I didn’t really think about it. “It became pretty chaotic, and then I noticed the ambulances starting to come, and you heard the police kind of go over there.” McGovern, who is from approximately 20 miles north of Boston, said she was on the phone with her father when she heard the second explosion. She met up with her other family members who had been waiting at the finish line earlier, and they immediately got in the car and left. “We just feel really, really fortunate that I finished earlier and that they weren’t around there when the bombs went off,” McGovern said. “I was lucky because I was picking up my bag, I had my cell phone, but there were a lot of people who hadn’t picked up their bags yet. So you can just imagine that the explosion goes off and no one has their phone to contact their family and their friends.” The bombs blew out the front of a store called Marathon Sports, McGovern said. She said she, her dad and her uncle bought shoes there Sunday. When she watched news coverage of the explosions, McGovern saw people she had spoken to earlier in the day. “It just feels like, ‘Oh my God,’” she said. “Boston’s a small town and it’s just kind of crazy.” Monday was Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts, McGovern said, and the Boston Marathon is typically held on this holiday. Government jobs give their employees the day off and schools shut down. She said as a result, there is “huge public participation” in the marathon. “I think that’s another thing that makes this a little scary, because there are just so many people out,” McGovern said. Sophomore Paul Kearney was affected by the explosions at the Boston Marathon in a different way. His brother Damian, a 2009 alumnus of Notre Dame who works at the University’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, ran the race. “I was actually in class at the time of the bombings, and I was getting these texts from various people, like friends and family,” Kearney said. “As soon as I got out of class I started calling people, and I couldn’t reach anyone. And about 15 minutes later I finally reached my brother … and we were able to talk for a few minutes. “It was good just to hear his voice. … He said everything was all right. “ Kearney, who lives approximately 45 miles west of Boston, said the rest of his family was with his brother at the marathon. “They were parked in Boston downtown, and there was no way to get to their cars, so they had to walk out to a suburb,” he said. “Someone was going to pick them up and drive them home.” Kearney said his brother completed the marathon well before the bombs detonated. He said his brother and the rest of his family heard the explosions from a block away. “He saw all the people running and evacuating the general area, and he said that he was just pretty confused at the whole situation,” Kearney said. “And at the time he said, ‘You might actually know more than I do because it’s just a pretty hectic scene.’ And he just told me … to put a [Facebook] status up saying he was safe because what he was concerned about was not having friends and family freak out.” Receiving text messages from family and friends while he was in class caused “sensory overload,” Kearney said. “The first [messages] I saw were kind of ambiguous and I didn’t know what to make of them,” he said. “I remember the last 15 minutes of class, just, I couldn’t pay attention because I was just concerned about my family, and I immediately called them when I got out. And thankfully I finally reached them and that really calmed me down. It was just a very confusing hour there.” Kearney said his brother was unable to return to South Bend last night as planned and was trying to reschedule his flight for today. “I’m just thankful that my family’s okay,” Kearney said, “and I’m thinking about all of the other families affected.” Saint Mary’s sophomore Allie Stride said she was visiting her sister, with whom she is part of a triplet, at Boston College (BC) on Monday. Stride said she went to Boston to participate in the city-wide celebration. Stride said BC, where she watched the marathon, is at the 21-mile mark. She said she was back in her sister’s dorm room when she saw coverage of the explosions on the news. “[There was] just a lot of worry about students who are running, and making sure everybody is okay has been the biggest concern I have seen so far, just a lot of confusion also,” Stride said. “I know there was an initial concern about … a potential bomb being right on the [Boston College] campus that turned out to be false. “Just everybody is glued to the TV is all that’s going on right now. … Everybody’s trying to talk to people from home and whatnot.” Gary Kaneb, a Notre Dame alumnus of 1983, said he completed the race one hour before the explosions rocked the finish line. “[It was] literally 25 yards from the finish line,” Kaneb said. “I finished at 3:29 [minutes], so I got off the course at 1:45 p.m. or so.” Kaneb said he ran with the second seed of runners and that the explosion went off around the time the third seed would have crossed the finish line. “The third wave is mostly the [people running to support charities],” he said. “Those are the numbers 18,000 and above.” Kaneb said he was on his way home when he heard the news. He said officials pulled runners, including one of his coworkers, off the course as they closed down Boylston St. McGovern said the runners were very excited about the marathon before it began. “It’s such a big deal for people who love to run, and you’re so proud to have your bib number,” she said. “When you’re running and there’s all these spectators and they’re cheering you on, it’s really an incredible experience. … So I think that makes it especially tragic that something like this completely soiled what should be an exciting day for everybody.” Managing Editor Meghan Thomassen and Saint Mary’s Editor Kaitlyn Rabach contributed to this report. Contact Marisa Iati at [email protected]last_img read more

It’s our job to make you feel welcome’

first_imgBy NICOLE McALEE News Writer Clad in bright yellow jackets and hats and tasked with organizing a crowd of more than 80 thousand people, the ushers of Notre Dame Stadium are a staple for students and visitors for home football weekends.  Though ushers are perhaps most recognizable for working at football games, Jim Smith, crowd control program manager for the Notre Dame Athletics Facilities staff, said they stay busy throughout the year. “We staff about 140 events a month for about 80 thousand man-hours a year,” Smith said. Smith, who is in his third season as director of ushers and his 21st year in the ushering program, said he oversees an estimated 700 ushers per home football game and has over 900 ushers on the roster. Among them are residents of 22 states, one Canadian, Notre Dame alumni, faculty, staff and an ex-Notre Dame football player.  Mack Smgielski has been ushering at Notre Dame for 32 years. He said his history with Notre Dame Stadium, however, goes back a bit farther. “When I was about 10 years old, in 1958, I helped my older sister sell souvenirs outside the stadium,” Smgielski. “Then, in the mid-70s, I helped give traffic reports on game days from the Indiana State Police helicopter. In 1980, I entered the usher program working traffic and parking around the stadium.” When the addition to the stadium was completed in 1997, Smigielski said he became a stadium usher.  Ken Leamon, another longtime usher, said his first experience  as an usher was in 1982 when he worked at a night game against Michigan in Notre Dame Stadium.  Leamon said he most enjoys seeing people encounter Notre Dame for the first time.  “I’m here because I love it,” Leamon said. “You get people who have never been here before, and they just can’t get over how beautiful the campus is. They immediately fall in love with the place.” Although Leamon retired in 2007, he continues to drive a golf cart on football weekends and to give stadium tours to visitors.  Smith said the new open seating policy in the student section has been more successful than he expected.  “It’s different,” Smith said.  “It’s new enough that we haven’t worked out all the bugs yet, but it went a lot better in the first game than I anticipated it would have gone.”   Smigielski said he is pleased with the new seating arrangements.  “With the new open seating policy, the students seem to be much happier and cordial to each other and the section ushers because they are with their friends, which relieves stress on the students and the ushers,” Smigielski said. “I think the new open seating policy is terrific.”  Ushers are important because they leave a lasting impression of the University on visitors, Smith said.  “The reason the ushers are here are not to be the fun police,” Smith said. “We try to be ambassadors for the University. Most of the people who come here on game day aren’t going to see Father Jenkins. … They’re going to interact with an usher. So the impression that usher leaves is going to be the impression of the University, so we try to make that as positive an experience as possible.  “It’s our job to make you feel welcome. It’s the team’s job to make you feel unwelcome.” Contact Nicole McAlee at [email protected]last_img read more

Video board to be installed for 2017 football season

first_imgA video board will adorn the south end zone of Notre Dame Stadium when the Irish open their 2017 season, the Notre Dame Athletic Department announced in a statement Tuesday.The announcement, which also laid out other enhancements planned for Notre Dame Stadium, said the construction of the video board is a part of the ongoing Campus Crossroads project which began after the final home game against Louisville last season.“We are confident the introduction of video will significantly improve enjoyment of every aspect of a game at Notre Dame Stadium — including the ability to support game day introductions and presentations with video elements, additional opportunities to promote the University, plus replays,” University athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in the release.In addition to the video board in the south end zone, the release also mentioned the installation of ribbon boards along the east and west sides of the stadium.Further plans announced in Tuesday’s statement include the replacement of all the wooden benches in the stadium with vinyl-clad benches that will come with an 18-inch standard width for seating. Other changes include improvements to the stadium’s Wi-Fi network and the existing sound system within the stadium bowl and renovation of restrooms, concession stands and upper and lower concourses.“Campus Crossroads planning from the very beginning has involved a commitment to ensuring that our fans enjoy a top-quality, in-stadium experience,” Swarbrick said in the release.“That commitment involves everything from technology to amenities such as restrooms and concessions. When completed, the Crossroads project will improve the experience of every fan who attends our games.”The University also announced it will remove the scoreboard at the north end of the stadium “to enhance the view of the Word of Life mural [‘Touchdown Jesus’] on the Hesburgh Library.”The release said Notre Dame will not show advertisements or commercials on the video board.“As is the case with the video boards at Purcell Pavilion and the Compton Family Ice Arena, there will be no advertising or commercials associated with the use of the video boards,” the statement said.The University announced Campus Crossroads in January 2014 as a means of adding academic and student life spaces closer to the center of campus.“Notre Dame Stadium is one of the most tradition-rich facilities in all of college football,” Swarbrick said. “The Campus Crossroads project is indicative of our commitment to making even greater use of it in the decades to come.”Tags: Campus Crossroads, football, Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame Stadiumlast_img read more

Galactic archeologists create the first map of Milky Way’s stellar halo

first_imgIf you’ve ever looked up at the stars and wondered how they got there, a group of galactic archeologists on campus might have some answers for you. Research assistant professor of astrophysics Daniela Carollo said her group looks at “ancient stars.” “First of all, what we do in the galactic archeology group is we observe, study and analyze ancient stars in the Milky Way,” Carollo said. “By ancient stars, I mean stars that formed while the galaxy was being assembled, and even before.” Carollo said these ancient stars are the “fossils” of our galaxy — hence the name galactic archeology. Research assistant professor Vinicius Placco, another member of the galactic archeology group, said the group has two goals: to identify the chemical composition of ancient stars and to understand how they move in the galaxy.“We couple the chemistry with the movement of the star, and then we try to come up with explanations of how the stars move the way they do and why,” Placco said.In the group’s most recent paper, the researches created an age map that dated 4,700 stars in the Milky Way’s stellar halo, Carollo said.  “The Milky Way is a complex system — there is this disc where most of the stars are concentrated, and there is this very extended stellar halo that surrounds all the other structures. … This halo is where the fossils reside,” she said. She said the fossils can be 12 or 13 billion years old. “So the universe started 13.8 billion years ago, with the big bang,” she said. “There was a point of high density and high temperature which started to expand very fast, and time and space began in that particular moment.” Carollo said the first stars were formed two to three hundred million years after the big bang, but they were massive and quickly exploded in supernova. The elements and gasses released by these supernova formed the next generation of stars, and those with low mass became our stellar fossils. Smaller stars burn their hydrogen fuel slower, which is why we still see them in our galaxy 13 billion years after they were born. However, she said, not all fossil stars are the same age — they can differ by two to three billion years. Examining the age of fossil stars and where they are located allows researchers to make guesses on when and how the ancient stars assembled into the galaxy, and ultimately why the Milky Way looks the way it does.Placco described the method researchers use to estimate the age of stars. “We have to use a very specific type of star, that’s called blue horizontal branch star — it just means that the star is burning helium in the core,” he said. “And with those particular stars we can turn colors into age estimates. So for this particular map, we selected stars from the SLOAN Digital Sky Survey. We were just measuring fluxes with different filters, so we can just get those magnitudes and colors.” Once they had those colors, the researchers correlated them with an age and created the first map of the Milky Way halo system. According to Placco, the researchers found a sphere of very ancient halo stars in the center of the galaxy and increasingly younger stars towards the outer edges. “People have been doing simulations of how the galaxy formed and how it evolved, and why does it look like the way it does today, for many many years,” Placco said. “In these simulations the old stars are [predicted to be] concentrated towards the center of the galaxy. Our work demonstrates this important property for the first time.” Carollo said the younger groups of stars on the edges are also significant — they tell us when certain groups of stars merged into the galaxy at later times. “For example, if the galaxy started to assemble one billion years after the big bang, then this younger [group of stars] merged into the galaxy something like five years to ten billion years after the big bang,” she said. But for Carollo, the most significant part of the paper is the discovery that stars near the galactic center are very ancient. “It’s the first time we have demonstrated that the center of the galaxy is very old,” she said.Tags: galactic archaeology, milky way galaxy, stellar halolast_img read more

Governor vetoes university police records bill

first_imgIndiana Gov. Mike Pence vetoed a bill Thursday that would allow private university police departments to follow different crime reporting standards than other police agencies.House Bill 1022, introduced in January by State Rep. Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend), would have changed state law to require private university police departments to release records relating only to arrests and incarcerations.“Throughout my public career, I have long believed in the public’s right to know and a free and independent press,” Pence said in a written statement. “Limiting access to police records in a situation where private university police departments perform a government function is a disservice to the public and an unnecessary barrier to transparency.”The bill was approved by a unanimous vote in the House and a 49-to-1 vote in the Senate. Thursday was the last day for Pence to sign or veto the bill. Otherwise, it would have become law without his signature.Bauer, a co-author of the bill, said transparency was not the bill’s primary purpose. If passed, the bill would have required private university police departments to align their training programs with those of public agencies, he said.“My number one goal was protecting students from crime,” he said.Throughout the bill’s legislative process, a high-profile lawsuit over access to Notre Dame’s private police records has been unfolding. ESPN sued the University in January 2015 after Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) refused to release incident reports related to student-athletes on two separate occasions.The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in favor of ESPN on March 15, finding NDSP to be a public agency subject to public record laws and reversing the decision of the trial court. The case was remanded to the trial court to determine what types of records NDSP will be required to produce under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).“While House Enrolled Act 1022 provides for limited disclosure of records from private university police departments, it would limit the application of the Access to Public Records Act following the Court of Appeals decision and result in less disclosure, therefore I have decided to veto the bill. Hoosiers may be assured that my administration will always be vigilant to preserve government accountability and the public’s right to know,” Pence said in the statement.When dealing with college police departments, Bauer said he thinks transparency is necessary at times — namely, when handling crimes.“You have to say what the balance of rights is. And the balance of rights comes out in favor of the privacy of students,” he said. “Transparency of a crime is where I draw the line. If you have a fight in your house, that’s private. If it’s an assault fight, that’s a crime.”Bauer said he had to consider federal privacy laws — the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and the Clery Act — when redefining state privacy laws.“You’re balancing federal law with state law, and you’re protecting private rights and the private privileges that the students have by law,” he said. “ … That dorm is your home. That is not public — that’s private.”Bauer said he did not write the bill in response to the Notre Dame-ESPN lawsuit; instead, he said he saw a need for the bill after watching “The Hunting Ground,” a 2015 documentary profiling sexual assault cases on college campuses, including Notre Dame.“I think something’s got to be done in protecting students, and I think the movie proved it,” he said. “I think it’s great that everybody cares. This could have all gone away and not happened.”Bauer, a Notre Dame graduate, said the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) asked to help work on the bill. Bauer serves on the board of the ICI, but said his position does not create a bias because he would not benefit personally from the bill in any way.Notre Dame supported the ICI’s efforts to increase transparency in private university police departments, Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications, said in an email.“With the veto, the situation reverts to where no reporting whatsoever is required,” Browne said. “ICI showed the way forward, but regrettably it was rejected.”The General Assembly might have the chance to override the veto if the bill is handed down in the next session, which begins in January 2017, Bauer said. However, the pending results of the ESPN lawsuit will affect the bill’s future impact.Bauer said he doubts the court’s ruling in the ESPN lawsuit will completely resolve the debate over public records, further legal or legislative action may have to be taken.“Overriding a veto is a difficult option,” he said. “Sometimes, though, if you’re going to make a change in a law that’s not controversial, it’s not making much of a change.”Tags: APRA, Clery Act, ESPN lawsuit, FERPA, House Bill 1022, Mike Pence, Patrick Bauer, privacy, public recordslast_img read more

Freshman in critical condition after head injury

first_imgAn 18-year-old freshman is in critical condition from head trauma after falling in a stairwell in Sorin College early Sunday morning, according to a media advisory issued by the University.At about 2 a.m., the Notre Dame Fire Department arrived to administer medical attention to the student, according to the advisory. He was then transported to Memorial Hospital by the South Bend Fire Department.The advisory said the cause of the fall is under investigation by Notre Dame Security Police.Tags: critical condition, head trauma, injury, Memorial Hospital, Notre Dame Fire Department, Notre Dame Security Police, student hospitalizedlast_img

Saint Mary’s hosts milkshakes and face masks event to build community

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Residence Life staff will be shaking things up in Holy Cross Hall on Wednesday by hosting a face masks and milkshakes event to provide a small break for students.The event began with the help of Holy Cross director Allyson Strasen and Saint Mary’s alumna and former resident assistant Madeline Zuniga.“Earlier in the semester, [Zuniga] reached out to me about potentially collaborating on a program in Holy Cross,” Strasen said in an email. “Madeline was a [resident] assistant in Holy Cross when she was a student at Saint Mary’s and is now an independent consultant for Beautycounter, a company whose mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. It has a strong focus on education, and Madeline was interested in sharing the message with Saint Mary’s students — a great target audience for a conversation on safe and effective beauty practices. All of the residence halls at Saint Mary’s host at least three all-hall events every semester, so we decided to team up with Madeline for this one to give students a chance to learn more about Beautycounter and relax and unwind as the second half of the spring semester gets started.” The event simultaneously supports building community in Holy Cross and supporting conscience beauty choices, Strasen added.  “Events like this build community within the residence hall and give residents an opportunity to get to know each other, relax and destress and stay involved with their peers outside of an academic setting,” she said. “This particular event promotes safe beauty practices and gives residents a chance to unwind and indulge in themselves.” Junior resident assistant Anastasia Hite echoed Strasen and said she hopes the event helps empower Holy Cross residents.“Our message is building community and promoting the wellness of the residents [and] getting the information that you need to make a decision on things,” she said. “Our stance is, ‘Let’s all get together and have some fun and drink some milkshakes … Our hope is always to build a bigger community. Especially in a building like this when you pretty much have your friends when you come into it.”Hite will be making milkshakes at the event Wednesday evening from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.Tags: face masks, Holy Cross Hall, milkshakes, relaxationlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s students gather to support victims of sexual violence

first_imgAs Saint Mary’s students walked around campus Wednesday they may have seen sporting violet t-shirts. On Monday, one fourth of the Saint Mary’s student body were handed t-shirts that read “One in Four” — representing the statistic that one in four college women have been or will be effected by sexual violence in their lifetime. On Wednesday, Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) and Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry held a Belles for Healing Vigil in support of survivors of sexual violence. The prayer service featured reflections, music and prayer. As students gathered on Alumnae Green, the director of Campus Ministry, Regina Wilson, and BAVO student representatives invited students to stand, gave opening remarks and led the group in song. Wilson said it was important for the Saint Mary’s community to gather in support of those effected by sexual violence. “It’s an opportunity to come together and, since we’re a faith-based institution, to express our hope that there is hope for everyone and to pray in solidarity with all those who have suffered — and to stand together as a vision, as a community in prayer and solidarity,” she said.Wilson said the vigil allowed the Saint Mary‘s student body to lift up violence survivors in prayer.“Anytime people gather for prayer, I hope it gives comfort,” she said. “I hope it gives language to people’s feelings of confusion or their feelings of feeling alone. When we’re all here, we’re a sign that we are not alone, even when we feel a deep loneliness.”Between songs, students read the poem “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou and passages of scripture on healing. Students were invited to write the names of survivors, messages of hope or their personal stories on slips of dissolvable paper and to place them in water. Students also lit candles and observed a moment of silence. Assistant director of campus ministry Liz Palmer said she hopes students walked away from the event with “a spirit of solidarity.” “Life is one of relationships and one where we should all support and be with one another,” Palmer said.Senior Courtney Driscoll, BAVO Student Advisory Committee (SAC) member and co-chair for the events and campaigns committee, explained BAVO is led primarily by Student Advisory Committees, each with two co-chairs who lead a group of 10 to 15 allies. “Liz Coulston recently joined BAVO as the new director. With my experience working for BAVO the last three years, we could not ask for a better director,” she said. “Liz is everything Saint Mary’s needs. She is punctual, creative and displays all-around leadership.”Driscoll said the vigil was organized in the hope of creating an inclusive space for the Saint Mary’s community to unite and promote a message of hope and healing for those affected by sexual violence.“I aim to create unique visual campaigns,” Driscoll said. “I believe through this — making students more aware and supporting them — will cultivate a safer environment and potentially lower sexual violence in our campus community.” Junior Katelyn Edwards, a committee ally entering her first year working for BAVO, said the event was an emotional and inspiring experience for her.“It supplied students with a safe space to let go and heal from whatever they have been affected by,” she said. “It allowed the community to support them in a silent and respectful way. I look forward to working with BAVO this next year and help plan the events to come.”Tags: BAVO, saint mary’s, sexual violencelast_img read more

Lakewood Family Asks For Community’s Help As Grandmother Seeks New Kidney

first_imgImage via Allison Morganti / Facebook.LAKEWOOD – A Village of Lakewood family is reaching out to the community in search of a new kidney for their grandmother.Darlene Morganti, a mother of three and a grandmother of three, recently discovered she has a hereditary kidney condition and needs a replacement.This month, Morganti’s family took to Facebook asking for their friends and neighbors help.“As I’m sure you can imagine, finding a kidney for a transplant is not easy and asking a family member or a friend to consider donating a kidney is a difficult task,” said Allison Morganti, Darlene’s daughter-in-law, in a post on Facbeook. “However, we know doing so greatly improves her chances of receiving a transplant! For those of you who have little awareness of this disease, a living kidney donation has a much higher rate of success. “Darlene needs a new kidney, and we hope anyone reading this will consider being tested to be a donor,” Allison Morganti furthered. “We know this is a big request, but we do so on behalf of a remarkable woman, who devotes every day of her life to making a difference to her family and friends.”In the post, the family asked anyone who might have O-positive blood to come forward.“If you can help, please do. If you know anyone who might want to donate, please forward this on. If you think you may be interested in helping Dar, we encourage you to get a blood test or donate blood to find out your blood type. Her blood type is O positive.”Almost instantly, the family says people started to reply offering to get tested.Morganti has been on a list for a new kidney for the last two years. Those interested in helping the family can reach out to them on Facebook via this link.This story was first reported by WNYNewsNow’s news partner WIVB News 4. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more